A tiny house in the trees | David Matero

This 350 sq ft "treehouse" is used as a playhouse and family hangout space. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

This tiny house is hidden among the pines along the coast of Maine. Called the Tree House, it serves as a playhouse for the owners’ kids and a hangout space for the adults of the family. Though not designed for full-time living, it looks like it would make for a great little house if utilities were installed and the interior finished.

This 350 sq ft "treehouse" is used as a playhouse and family hangout space. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The family had wanted to build an actual tree house but the trees on the property were not large enough to hold the structure. Instead, architect David Matero supported it on a pier foundation but sited it at the edge of a drop-off, putting the tiny house up in the tree canopy.

The Tree House has an eye-catching playful roofline with multiple shed roofs. The exterior is finished with western red cedar shingles and trim. An oil finish was applied to darken the wood and further blend the Tree House into the forest.

This 350 sq ft "treehouse" is used as a playhouse and family hangout space. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

Step inside the 350 ft2 (32.5 m2) Tree House and you will find a cozy space brightly lit by many windows and skylights.

This 350 sq ft "treehouse" is used as a playhouse and family hangout space. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

Comfortable window seats invite you to curl up with a book, take a nap, or enjoy the ocean view. There is also a table hinged to the wall so it can be folded up out of the way when not needed. A ladder takes you up to the sleeping loft with a pair of skylights to give a view of the stars.

Other than the built-in furniture, the interior is unfinished with no insulation or wall finish, leaving the rough-sawn Douglas fir framing on view. Both levels have their own balconies, with the lower one connected by a rope bridge to a zip-line.

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Photographs courtesy of David Matero Architecture. Interior photographs by Darren Setlow Photography.

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